Srinagar: Amid curfew and restrictions, Kashmir stayed shut for the second consecutive day to mourn the death of Hizb commander Sabzar Bhat and his associate Faizan Bhat, both natives of Tral.
Curfew and restrictions remained imposed across Kashmir on Monday to prevent people from taking to streets. Monday was also the eighth death anniversary of Aasiya Jan and Neelofar Shakeel, two girls of Shopian who were allegedly raped and killed by government troops.
People defied restrictions at various places in Srinagar, Pulwama, Bandipora and Anantnag districts and youths clashed with government forces with stones in their hands. In Srinagar, groups of youth clashed with government forces at Soura, Safakadal, Darish Kadal and Habbakdal in the old city. Intense clashes also broke out in Soura area, when forces tried to disperse a group of youth protesting against the killings of militants.
Government troops had placed razor wires and erected barricades at various places in old-city areas to restrict public movement. Huge deployment of police and paramilitary forces was made at Hawal, Safakdal, Nowhatta, Sakidafar, Khanyar, Rainawari, Soura, Gojwara, Sazgaripora, Karan Nagar and other adjoining areas to prevent pro-freedom protests.
Troops in strength also remained deployed at Maisuma, Ghanta Ghar, and Batamaloo.
All business establishments including shops, restaurants and petrol pumps remained closed across the Valley. Public transport remained off the roads for the second consecutive day.
A two-day shutdown call was given by the joint pro-freedom leadership for Sunday and Monday.